Song Mocking Russian World Cup Team Goes Viral Upsetting Some

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MOSCOW – A Russian comic’s song which mocks the country’s World Cup team and questions the financial sense of hosting the event has gone viral on the eve of the tournament, angering some fans and politicians.

Written and performed by Semyon Slepakov, “Ole Ole Ole” imagines Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed head of Chechnya, as the Russian football team’s new but unsuccessful manager. It has been viewed more than 5 million times on YouTube here

Performed with just his own acoustic guitar accompaniment, Slepakov’s song has touched a nerve in Russia whose government hopes hosting the World Cup will give it a boost on the world stage even though its team is ranked by FIFA as the weakest in the tournament.




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